Category Archives: the wirebender

Beyond the Echo chamber -interviews and music with Matt Black of Coldcut

To celebrate the release of Coldcut’s new album ‘Outside The Echo Chamber’ (feat. Switch / With You., Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Roots Manuva, Ce’Cile, Junior Reid, Toddla T and more), Sounds of the Universe  hosted a soundclash between the original Ninja Tune founders with legendary producer and On-U Sound mastermind, Adrian Sherwood. The Wirebender went along and interviewed Colcut’s Matt Black.   It’s tempting to ask why no one thought of it sooner. Coldcut (Matt Black & Jon More) and Adrian Sherwood – kingpin of the legendary On-U Sound label – are…

The Wirebender presents: Interview with Alec Empire

What better way to celebrate the Wirebender’s third birthday with Radio On than an evening out with Ranjan Kumar and Atari Teenage riot? Radio On’ s man in the UK caught up with Alec Empire prior to the ATR gig at Under the  Bridge in London. Alec took time out to talk  to Ranjan about his career, ATR and his late night reading materials.  Alec Empire has completed a soundtrack for the German sci-fi thriller Volt.  Volt is written and directed by Tarek Ehlail and stars Benno Fürmann, Sascha Alexander Gersak, Ayo Ogunmakin,…

The Wirebender presents in the mix another On U sound special

Once in every while Simon Wade, our man in London, sets together a show with the sounds and spirit from Adrian Sherwood’s On U Sound label. Here’s another mix. In Simon’s words: “In collaboration with Hebden sound the show features previews of Adrian Sherwood’s label with upcoming releases and a resurrection of some archive scientific dancehall classics.” “ I began listening to On u sound through mix tapes from friends at college around 1983 onwards. So it’s great to be given the opportunity to once again share some of them…

Adrian Shephard and Simon Wade talk with Jill Newman about Berlin 1980, Ziggy, Iggy and much more

Simon Wade, in Berlin on a visit and Adrian Shephard talked in our Radio On studio with their long time friend Jill Newman. The starting point of the talk is the Berlin connection. Jill came to Berlin in 1980 as a young au-pair girl. She was hosted by a family who lived in a house somewhere near a lake, and found herself in a Cindarella scenario. She talks about the people she met in the post-punk days in Berlin, and what happened one Christmas day very long ago. The second…

The Wirebender meets Jstar – Interview

It was one of those surprise actions we do more often at Radio On: we break in in our regular program and start a live show. You can catch those moments if you keep a close watch on our twitter timeline (following would be even better.) Our man in London, Simon Wade aka The Wirebender, had come to Berlin and found the time to visit our studio and do a live show. We will broadcast it again, because some of you might have missed it. (Or want to listen again.)…

The Wirebender presents The Process -interviews, tracks and remixes ft Adrian Sherwood and Nissenenmondai

The show starts with an interview. Simon Wade calls in from London. David Asher and Skip McDonald answer the call in Detroit. Chicago? What is the reason that such a long-distance connection should be established? One clue to the answer is Ras Seymour Mclean. He is also the gentleman in the picture above. And the following is part of his story, word to Simon: #Return The Treasures”  featured in the Wirebender’s show the album by THE PROCESS, “Who Is That Mad Band?”, was inspired by the tireless work of Ras Seymour Mclean, in…

The Wirebender presents Wide Awake

Simon Wade aka The Wirebender joined Radio On a couple of years ago. In his first programs he showcased works from On U Sound sources, the label of Adrian Sherwood. After a short while he discovered the joys of radiomaking even more, up to a point that he’s almost a station of his own. Readings, sound exhibitions, activities within a community, reports and interviews are now part of Simon’s offerings. Wide Awake is a great example of the variety he brings. In Wide Awake you will hear Rupert Smith reading…

The Wirebender presents highlights of The Amber Squad

A taste of the happy poppunk musics UK had to offer in a parallel universe to doom, new romantics, Thatcher and the nuclear bomb in this Wirebender special. Time to cheer up. Amber Squad.Fb  read, read and look     The Wirebender presents highlights of The Amber Squad recorded live in December 2015 – Listen in  at 23.00 hrs (-1 for UK Time) on Tuesday 26th July.

The Wirebender presents Chris Salewicz reads from his book Dead Gods: The 27 Club

The Wirebender presents a reading by Chris Salewicz. It was recorded during a book presentation in a book store in London. Dead Gods describes the lifes of pop and rock stars who died at the age of 27. Salewicz’s style is a mix of hard-boiled detective and gonzo-journalism, a very pleasant listen. Simon Wade says “Chris Salewicz has documented popular culture for over three decades, in print and on television and radio and as features writer for the New Musical Express from ’74 to ’81. As a newspaper boy in…